May 23rd 2010 11:44:10 PM
Western countries are finding out that it’s not just Serbs that Albanians kill easily and for which they’ve faced lenient sentences, if any.
But ever since we embraced this “victim” refugee population we created, increasing numbers of Westerners killed, injured or threatened by Albanians are learning that, in fact, the Serbs may have been getting killed by Albanians not out of “revenge,” but for the same reason Westerners are finding themselves killed by Albanians: Albanians kill easily. Here’s the latest:
May 18, 2010
Alleged killer of Swiss teacher held in Kosovo
A man suspected of murdering his daughter’s teacher at a St Gallen school has been arrested in Kosovo and may be extradited back to Switzerland, a judge confirmed.
Ded Gecaj is accused of killing the teacher in 1999. Afterwards he fled to his homeland of Kosovo, where he was re-arrested on Monday.
He confessed the crime and in 2000 a court in Kosovo sentenced him to four years in prison for manslaughter. Two years later he was freed and went into hiding.
The Swiss authorities argue the sentence was too lenient. They want to bring the man to court to face murder charges…
Sorry, Guys. It’s time you were introduced to each other. World, meet your latest pride, Kosovo. (Especially Switzerland: weren’t you just about the first in line to legitimize Kosovo and open an embassy there?)
Anyway, I hate to break it to you, but those two years that Gecaj served are two years more than an Albanian gets for killing a Serb or two or 14 in Kosovo.
And that’s because in Kosovo, “murder” is a relative term. In fact, you’ll rarely see anyone get put away on actual “murder” charges in Kosovo. If you’ve got a population in which it’s not uncommon for a male to have stabbed or axed someone by his teen years, everything becomes relative.
Just for an example, here is a rather typical news item, from last year, which demonstrates that the European “law and order mission” is learning to do things the Kosovo way, rather than the other way around, as this was its first ruling since being deployed in Dec. 2008:
EU judges free Albanian over Kosovo bus bombing, March 13, 2009
European Union judges in a Kosovo appeals court cleared an Albanian man who had previously been sentenced to 40 years in prison for the 2001 bombing of a Serbian bus, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
The appeals court ruled Thursday that the evidence against Florim Ejupi was insufficient. [Note: “lack of evidence” is the perpetual reason cited for not arresting Albanians.]
The panel was comprised of judges from Eulex, the law-enforcing mission EU deployed to Kosovo in December.
It was the first ruling of the Eulex appeals court since the mission deployed four months ago.
Florim Ejupi received a 40-year sentence last year after he was “found guilty” of attack in Gracanica. He appealed against the verdict.
“He is released,” Karin Limdal, spokeswoman for the European Union police and justice mission (EULEX). She did not give a reason for the decision.
The EULEX mission, composed of international police officers, customs agents, judges and prosecutors, was deployed in Kosovo in December to help the Balkan country build up its institutions.
So much for that. Instead of changing how Kosovo does things, Kosovo has been changing how we do things. Meanwhile, the poor internationals administering that province for the past decade got used to having a revolving door for murderers at the local courthouses. There simply wasn’t enough room or time to treat violent Albanian crime as, well, crime. Eventually, most Kosovo crimes simply stopped being investigated (though the running joke about crimes in Kosovo, particularly the ethnically motivated ones, is “It’s being investigated.”)
So this raises the next issue for Western societies that imported this inherently violent population: we’re eventually going to have to come to some sort of “understanding” or compromise if we’re so intent on living together. To keep our already overburdened justice system from becoming unmanageable, we may have to start treating Albanian crime — differently. After all, it’s part of their culture.
This also brings up something else. In the aftermath of our 1999 folly, amid one report after another citing “reverse” ethnic cleansing and “revenge killings” — which didn’t spare infants or septuagenarians — no one ever asked when or how a victim people, presumably unpracticed in the art of killing, learned to kill so freely, so easily and so brutally, apparently within hours of their “salvation” by the West. The question still wasn’t asked even when a multilingual UN aid worker who came to help Albanians, who was wearing a jacket reading “United States, New York,” and who was avidly learning Albanian “to get close to the local people” was beaten and shot on his first day, by a crowd on Mother Teresa St. after being asked the time in Serbo-Croatian and answering in kind.
But then, no one ever asked how, if Albanians in Kosovo were being bullied by Serbs all those years, it came to be that an area which after WWII was 50% Albanian, became 90% Albanian by 1999.
I’ll close by citing the latest report on the state of Kosovo’s “justice” system and economy:
Experts: Weak justice system failing Kosovo The Associated Press | 19 May 2010
PRISTINA, Kosovo - Kosovo’s feeble legal system is chasing away foreign investment, an international policy group said Wednesday.
The International Crisis Group said in a report that the country “struggles with uneven rule of law and a weak justice system that is failing its citizens.”
“The police, public prosecutors and courts are erratic performers, prone to political interference and abuse of office,” the report said. “Organized crime and corruption are widespread and growing.”
Wait a second. So instead of Kosovo’s institutions evolving and its rule of law growing, as our leaders promised the trend would be post-independence, it’s organized crime and corruption that are growing? Or can both things grow together in the miracle, anomalous “state” of Kosovo?
The report comes as the European Union is investigating alleged embezzlement of public fund[s] in Kosovo’s Ministry of Transportation. EU justice officials have been quoted by local media as saying that at least half a dozen senior officials in other government ministries are also being investigated.
The investigation has strained relations between the country’s ethnic Albanian leadership and international officials.
Wait a second. Investigations that will help Kosovo’s development and transition into a normal, legitimate “member of the international family” are straining relations between the leadership there and the international officials who are being so helpful to Kosovo’s stated desire to adjust out of criminality and into legality and legitimacy? Why would Kosovo leaders be upset about these investigations? Is it possible that Kosovo’s “leaders” and U.S. leaders had completely different goals and two diverging visions for Kosovo’s future? You mean that the “Serbian Propaganda” was right? Again? And again?
(And could that be because Serbs, like other Europeans, know a little more about Albanians than Americans do? Thanks to, for starters, listening to what Albanians actually say?)
Kosovo’s authorities are mostly former ethnic Albanian guerrillas who fought a separatist war against Serbia in 1998-99…foreign investors will not risk capital without assurances of legal protection, while local magnates with political connections will seek to keep their monopolies and stifle competition.
“This reputation keeps investment out and the country mired in poverty,” the Brussels-based policy group said.
Kosovo is one of Europe’s poorest regions. An estimated 40 percent of its citizens are without jobs.
From a Reuters item on the ICG report: Lawlessness deters Kosovo investments, report says
…”Virtually no one we speak to on the ground feels the current Kosovo government supports the rule of law, and some think its unwillingness to tackle corruption shows its hostility to foreign investment,” Sabine Freizer, ICG’s Europe program director, said in the report.
“Even if this is only a perception, Kosovo cannot wait any longer to secure the rule of law if it is to have a successful economic and political future.”
Last month the European Union police and justice mission (EULEX) raided the ministry of transport and the home of the minister as part of a broader investigation into corruption and money laundering.
The West, which helped Kosovo secede from Serbia in 2008, has urged Kosovo to crack down on government corruption to progress towards EU integration and make the country an attractive place for foreign investment.
The latest statistics from the World Bank show that unemployment has increased to 48 percent. In 2009 the largest source of external income were remittances of around 500 million euros, 8 percent down from 2008.
“This reputation keeps investment out and the country mired in poverty,” the report said. “The EULEX is investigating widespread corruption at the highest levels, and its efforts to date have shown gaping holes in regulation and enforcement.”
“Court procedures suffer from widespread distrust, fearful or unwilling witnesses and shoddy work by prosecutors,” the report said. “Bribery and even violence have become attractive means of extrajudicial dispute resolution.” […]
And from the ICG report itself: The Rule of [No] Law in Independent Kosovo
Kosovo suffers from the widespread impression that it is run by a lawless political elite in control of every aspect of society…Few crimes end with their perpetrators in prison…On the civil law side, it is all but impossible for citizens and domestic and international corporations to enforce their rights in court. Property disputes are widespread, and since they cannot be reliably resolved in court, occasionally degenerate into violence. The dysfunctional civil law system, choked with a backlog of cases stretching back to 2000-2001, scares off investment. Demoralised and exhausted judges both struggle under the case backlog and are dogged by a reputation for corrupion and favouritism. Plaintiffs endure baffling rounds of appeals, remands and delays, often featuring deliberate errors.[…]
One strange and funny line in the report was: “The country has a low rate of violent crime, inter-ethnic crime is rare, and Serbs in most of Kosovo live securely.”
“Inter-ethnic crime” (i.e. Serb-pounding) is rare now because there are virtually no non-Albanian ethnicities left to beat on. Second, the “security” in which “Serbs in most of Kosovo live” is called barbed wire encampments, guarded by NATO troops — and alternately it’s a reference to Northern Mitrovica, which is still Serb-dominated and therefore not deadly, but it’s about to be foresaken by the international community in conjunction with the treacherous quisling government in Belgrade. As for that “low rate of violent crime,” perhaps that has something to do with the fact that few people are willing to report such crimes, much less testify in court about them?